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I have been doing some strange things lately…

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But then, I have teenagers…And a little one…

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And only God knows how my things end up in the places they…sometimes do.

And, frankly, I have no choice sometimes but to put my purse on the floor in a public restroom. Ugh. Gross. I know.

I have always thought Science was beautiful but I still find a lot of natural things disgusting…just another reason I was an English major. Anyway, I like this newer Science, where light can kill germs. I hate germs. I know, I know…some germs are good for us. Well, sure. But I really don’t want the ones from the nasty public bathroom.

Enter the pocket purifier…..

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Handheld UV nanotechnology kills 99.9% of germs that cause colds & flu, plus e-coli, salmonella, mold, fungus, and MRSA (staph) without chemicals.

my new ultraviolet light sanitizer. I feel like Dexter’s mom turned crazy, awesome scientist.

Personally, I have heard of UV light being used to sanitize all kinds of things from medical equipment to  toothbrushes. When I use my germ killer I honestly cannot tell if it is working. But I know the technology is there…there is just no “special” light color change or something afterwards to show me it worked.

I wish I was rich or studious enough to have an expert in the field check this out, but I’m not. So, although the Purely Products website explains how UV light sanitizes in detail, I wanted another source. I poked around on the internet to see what I could find. I found some discussions, basically saying that the UV light process does work for sanitation. Opponents said that while the UV light works, it would have to burn the skin and eyes for it to be strong enough to kill the germs also. In fact, somewhere on the packaging Purely Products says something to the effect of–do not look at the light itself while you are using the item. And some people on the internet say they can “smell” the germs being killed. I couldn’t smell anything, but my teenage son said he could, when he took the purifier into his room to use it. Of course, what’s in his room probably tried to fight back….UPDATE: my friend Debbie DID DO an experiment showing how her pocket purifier worked! You have to see this–go to Debbie’s Homeschool Corner!

dexters momI have to say there is a lot of buzz in the news as well about how UV light is killing germs. I’m just a little behind the times, sounds like. Overall, I am using this and I think it is really ingenious. I feel much better about having fewer germs on my iTouch, my phone…my purse. Now if someone can just let me review that shower Judy Jetson has that does all her makeup, I’ll be set.

Check out the purifier and some of the other cool items offered by Purely Products for yourself! Go to the special page for MamaBuzz readers to get a 25% discount through August 5th!

SunMate measures the sun's ultraviolet intensity and alerts the user of possible over-exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun.

SunMate measures the sun's ultraviolet intensity and alerts the user of possible over-exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun.

GIVEAWAY! I get to giveaway one of the other cool items from Purely Products–this is a Sunmate, which I also received. I actually used this the first day I got it–as I am a redhead with fair skin, I KNOW way to much about getting burned in the sun–or even on a cloudy day. The rays hit you either way! See how the SunMate works, here.

Anyway, Purely Products is offering a SUNMATE to one lucky Faith Family and Fun Reader!

For the mandatory entry, check out the PP page for MamaBuzz readers and come back and leave a comment

For additional entries, you can:

I will choose a random winner on July 28th. The winner will be notified by email—please make sure you leave your email!

I received the Pocket purifier and Sunmate for review purposes as part of a MamaBuzz Review. I have given my unbiased opinion.




krogerGIVEAWAY CLOSED $30 Gift Card Giveaway!!

Now, you all know I’ve gone organic around here. I have to post more about it, but it is going wonderfully. Yes, it was a bit more expensive –at first–now, however, it is beginning to work out and…I have lost 5 pounds!! Anyway, I’m all for items that help you take care of your family. And this particular post is about your family…as well as others. So, I do support this.

Help feed America this year!

The Kroger Co. Family of Stores, General Mills, NBC’s hit TV Show “The Biggest Loser” and others are partnering to donate up to $1,080,000 to Feeding America

How can you help? Support the big guys (haha, I know that doesn’t go well with Biggest loser)

  • Visit www.pfpchallenge.com/Kroger to make your pledge to lose weight and to get more information and to find tools to change your life for the better.  Help the hungry in your local community.
  • Through June 30, 2010, for every pound you pledge to lose, the Pound For Pound Challenge will donate 14¢ to Feeding America® — enough to deliver one pound of groceries to a local food bank.

PFPAs the official supplier of the Biggest Loser Ranch and partner of the Pound for Pound Challenge, the Kroger Family of Stores wants to help.

If you’re a fan of the Biggest Loser, you may have seen several great General Mills products featured on the show. These products, including Yoplait Greek yogurt, Total, and Multigrain Cheerios, are available at your local Kroger Family of Stores and can help you stick to your weight management plan.

Enter to win the $30 Kroger Card to support buying healthy products!

Mandatory Entry:

Visit the Pound Per Pound Challenge website. Tell me how much you pledged to lose with the challenge! OR,  tell me if you will help spread the word about the Pound for Pound Challenge through Facebook, Invite a Friend, etc….

Additional Entries: (please leave a separate comment entry for each thing you do)

I will chose a random winner on June 15. The winner will be notified by email. (So please leave me a way to contact you in your entries!)

*FYI-The Kroger Family of Stores includes Kroger, Fred Meyer, Ralph’s, King Soopers, City Market, Dillon’s, Smith’s, Fry’s, QFC, Baker’s, Owen’s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Pay Less Super Markets and Scott’s Food & Pharmacy.

The Kroger Family of Stores gift card, information, and giveaway were all provided to me by the Kroger Family of Stores and General Mills through MyBlogSpark.


Beeyoutiful

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Rating & Summary 4 From time to time I have reviewed some really fun stuff, being on the TOS Crew. But this product I’m reviewing today may be very important! I received Beeyoutiful Balance, an all-natural progesterone cream, designed to restore a natural hormonal balance. After one month of using the cream, I can see from my body’s response that I need to continue using the cream and learn more about keeping my hormones balanced and other natural ways to improve my health.

Beeyoutiful’s motto is “Healthy Living for the Real World.” They offer natural products to help learn about and achieve good health.

BeeyoutifulBalanceWhile Beeyoutiful offered  a variety of different vitamins and pro-biotics and such, when I saw the list of items I could try, I immediately felt the Beeyoutiful Balance might work for me.

Beeyoutiful Balance progesterone cream is specially formulated to help women’s bodies achieve hormonal balance. Progesterone deficiency is epidemic in America, with approximately 90% of women suffering from a host of related symptoms such as PMS, hot flashes, osteoporosis, infertility, early miscarriage, depression, menstrual irregularity, and breast cancer. When applied properly, Beeyoutiful Balance will give the body the physiologic amount of progesterone needed to help bring balance to the hormonal system.

For several years now, I have had issues with my health and have been on a quest to find out what is making me feel so tired and just worn out. I have read enough literature to suspect that some of my troubles may be caused by peri-menopause. While I am still not certain, I did have some signs, while trying the Balance cream, that lead me to believe I am on the right path. You might say, What signs? Yes, I suppose I should share! Actually, I am a bit embarrassed. But, here goes—when I began using the cream, after a few days I noticed that my breasts were very tender—almost hurting. I wrote the company and asked about this response. They immediately wrote me back, letting me know that:

many women find that when beginning to use progesterone, estrogen dominance symptoms will often increase initially because progesterone has unlocked the estrogen receptor sites that were shut down for so long.  Because of this, the estrogen is able to go where it’s supposed to go (which is good), but because there’s so much of it, it’s kind of like getting an “overdose” of estrogen (so to speak) until the excess is taken care of.

So, so far, I’m excited to get a response! The company recommends reading What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Premenopause by John R. Lee, M.D. and Jesse Hanley, M.D. I also had several more educated friends tell me about that book, so…I have that on my book list.

Now, if you have no need for anything like the balance cream (lucky you!) you can still find some great items for your family. Check these out:

I also like that they offer $6.00 Shipping on any size domestic order.  (Not International).

To see what my TOS crewmates have to say, click here!

I received a sample of Beeyoutiful Balance for the purpose of this review. I have given my unbiased opinion.

UPDATE: As of 6/14/10, we have VERY much changed our habits and are eating sooo much better! I also enjoy Alexandra’s Facebook updates- like her page, here

You know, it is not often that you can change your entire life in a month. However, around here, we have basically done just that. This all began with a simple giveaway kit from Seventh Generation and a book called The Conscious Kitchen from Alexandra Zissu…

Going green is easier than ever!

Yes, I have another kit to giveaway, but stick with me a little bit.

First off, I have to admit, while I always felt guilty about it, I was not very environmentally conscious. When my youngest was born almost 5 years ago, I realized her birthday coincided with some cool Earth Day festivities in our town. So, I paid a bit more attention. You know how once you “see” something, you see it everywhere? Well, I had that going on. So, I visited health food stores and began attempting to recycle.

Sadly, I have to admit, my feeble attempts to get “greener” never lasted. I have 5 kids and making drastic grocery changes seemed so hard…so maybe that played a role? Is it because I am ADD? Oh, and we are not rich or really hippie, so maybe that was it? In my mind, I rationalized all kinds of reasons why I could not be more environmentally concerned.

Then I read Alexandra Zissu’s book, The Conscious Kitchen. And I changed. Because…well, I could. I suddenly got it. Now, I am just sorry I did not understand some of the concepts earlier. I feel bad that I was not one of the pioneers. Because this is worth doing and it is not hard anymore.

I was lucky enough to get to interview Alexandra! I totally recommend reading her book (You can buy it on Amazon, here). The clear writing with specific examples about how to have great tasting food and maintain a green and healthy kitchen made going green the most natural thing in the world for us!

This interview will give you some great ideas about how to get started. As you will see in the interview, Zissu is very smart, down to earth and kind:

1) Alexandra, I am a busy mom of 5 children. I am also a lousy cook. I try to buy organic food and I download articles about cleaning with vinegar (but I have not done that)…I have begun to buy Seventh Generation products often. But, I have to admit that is about all I have done to “green my kitchen” What would you consider the main steps for “going green” in feeding your family?

First of all I’m sure you’re not that lousy of a cook! If you’re buying local food in season, you’re off to a great start — stand back and let the ingredients shine. Secondly, no need to download another article on vinegar. Just do it. Stick some in a spray bottle and use it the next time you want to wipe a counter down. Simple as can be.

Here are some other thoughts: Steal away from the five kids and peek through The Conscious Kitchen. It’s a friendly and accessible guide (I hope!) to methodically working through the kitchen. Anyone can turn their kitchen into a safe, non-toxic environment for the whole family. Source the best, purest, most local produce, meat, seafood, and dairy products you can find. Cook in and store food in tried and true materials (cast iron, enamel coated cast iron, stainless steel, glass) that aren’t known to leach harmful chemical components into your food. Keep the kitchen well ventilated. Clean only with natural products. Filter your tap water if needed. Avoid plastic whenever you can. Repair, reduce, reuse, recycle, compost.

If you can’t do all of this at once – and who can? — choose what you’re willing to do and add more steps as it makes sense. It’s a process, but a very worthwhile one.

2) What would you consider a number one, first step for “going green” in choosing cleaning products for your kitchen? Does your answer change if there are toddlers involved?

I like to say that if I won’t eat it, I won’t clean with it. Chemical residues for cleaners can and do remain on surfaces for a long time after you clean. I don’t want these getting on my food. I spend time and money making sure my food doesn’t have pesticides on it, so it wouldn’t make sense for me to then prep my food on surfaces that have been disinfected with pesticides.

This approach doesn’t change for me if there are toddlers or infants or puppies or grandparents: natural cleaning products are better for the whole family. But certainly the smallest among us are the most vulnerable. Pound for pound their exposure to toxic chemicals is higher than for us adults. Of course you always want to make sure you have a lock on the cabinet you’re storing cleaning products in, especially if there is a toddler around.

3) I have a large family–I feed 7 people each day. I worry about costs–for cooking and cleaning. What two products–one for cleaning, one for cooking would you consider essential? (ie, like skillet?)

There are cost-effective ways of getting organic local foods. Have you ever heard of buying a share in a farm through a system called Community Supported Agriculture? I talk about it in The Conscious Kitchen. It’s also a great thing to get the kids involved in. Or, if you have the space, time, and desire to plant a vegetable garden, that’s another great way to bring costs down.

Green cleaning products don’t cost more than conventional cleaners, and many of them are multi-taskers – you can use an all purpose product for just about anything, even mopping (dilute in water). And there’s pretty much nothing in a kitchen that cannot be cleaned with warm water and natural dish soap.

I have a few pots and pans that really never leave my stove top I use them so much, including an enamel coated cast iron dutch oven. There’s nothing I can’t make in there, and they’re great for stews and soups that can feed large families. These can be expensive to buy new, but might be something you could find second hand. Cast iron versions are less expensive and also very safe to cook in. I also really like a stainless steel pressure cooker for when I need to feed a lot of people well and quickly.

4) And, what one or two things would you consider important to teach your children about being green in the kitchen? My teen son, who loves to cook, asked me to ask you–”what oil do you use?”

That’s too sweet about your son! The number one thing I always say is to involve kids in the discussion so that they will be interested in being green, and identify themselves as green. Teaching by example is key. Getting children involved with cooking is among my favorite things to do, hands down. There are many important lessons in understanding what food is and where it comes from – that it’s not just something that appears on your plate or comes out of a package. And it’s a great way to introduce many flavors. Please tell him that I use many oils but my favorite is organic olive oil. I try to eat mainly local food and sadly we don’t live near any olive groves. But I love it and it’s good for you. I use other oils, too, to flavor various dishes, and some of these are more local than others: pumpkin, sunflower seed, sesame. If you’re using canola, it’s always a good idea to buy organic. It’s made from a crop that tends to be genetically modified (GM). USDA organic regulations do not permit GM foods.

5) I hardly ever cook fish. My husband does not like it and I am not a great cook–and need to have 7 servings of everything. What would you recommend as an organic and easy way to add fish into our diet?

Seafood can be very contaminated with things like mercury and PCBs so whatever you choose, choose wisely. Fish is one of those things – some people just really don’t like it. If you’d like to add it to your diet, I’d suggest looking up a handful of species on an environmental website that lists safe fish (like OceansAlive.org – I list many others in The Conscious Kitchen), and then tasting through them to see what you like. If you live near waterways, and they’re not contaminated, always buy local wild fish that has been caught in a sustainable fashion. It’s really hard to go wrong if you bake a piece with olive oil, fresh herbs, and sea salt in a glass dish. Just don’t overcook! That’s the main mistake that happens with fish.

For more information, visit Alexandra’s website and Seventh Generation.

Thanks to Alexandra, and also to Seventh Generation. I loved the “Disinfecting Cleaning Kit” that included the new Botanical Disinfectants–disinfecting multi-surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, wipes, my copy of The Conscious Kitchen, a cleaning caddy made from recycled plastic, and two rolls of 100% recycled, unbleached paper towels…the cleaners worked so well and I prefer the lavender scent.

You can sign up and get coupons from Seventh Generation on their site, here

I get to giveaway this Great Earth Day gift pack!

For your main entry, leave me a comment telling me what is the best thing you have done for the environment this year–or something you plan to do!

Additional Entries: (please leave a separate entry for each)

My trial products, the gift pack and information were provided by Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark.

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Congrats to Susan! Susan blogs over at Homeschooling Hearts and Minds. Check out Susan’s blog for some great teaching ideas. I hope you guys enjoy the fruit pouches!

Thank to everyone who commented, and thanks to Peter Rabbit Organics for sponsoring the giveaway!